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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Claiborne County, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Claiborne County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Claiborne County, TN (22) Campbell County, TN (13) Grainger County, TN (18) Hancock County, TN (2) Union County, TN (8) Bell County, KY (56) Whitley County, KY (14) Lee County, VA (41)  ClaiborneCounty(22) Claiborne County (22)  CampbellCounty(13) Campbell County (13)  GraingerCounty(18) Grainger County (18)  HancockCounty(2) Hancock County (2)  UnionCounty(8) Union County (8)  BellCountyKentucky(56) Bell County (56)  WhitleyCounty(14) Whitley County (14)  LeeCountyVirginia(41) Lee County (41)
Tazewell is the county seat for Claiborne County
Adjacent to Claiborne County, Tennessee
      Campbell County (13)  
      Grainger County (18)  
      Hancock County (2)  
      Union County (8)  
      Bell County, Kentucky (56)  
      Whitley County, Kentucky (14)  
      Lee County, Virginia (41)  
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1 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Cumberland Gap — Boone Trail Highway Marker
Boone Trail Highway Metal from Battle Ship Maine in Tablet * Daniel Boone*Map (db m162280) HM WM
2 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Cumberland Gap — Cumberland Gap Veterans Memorial
We dedicate with gratitude this monument to those who served with honor in all wars and those known and unknown who paid the Supreme Sacrifice. Those killed in action: Billy Brooks • Olan Moore • Victor Ferry • Kenneth Robinson • . . . Map (db m162281) WM
3 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Cumberland Gap — Daniel Boone's TrailFrom North Carolina to Kentucky — 1769 —
Map (db m80240) HM
4 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Cumberland Gap — 1D13 — Harrow School
Founded by Rev. & Mrs. A. A. Myers in 1890. First classes held in basement of Congregational Church on site of present Cumberland Gap School; later moved 1/2 mile west to Harrow Hall. Operated as a division of its successor, Lincoln Memorial . . . Map (db m80233) HM
5 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Cumberland Gap — Russell Berkau 1867 - 193632nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason — Russell Berkau Memorial Park —
Russell Berkau Shops & Ford Dealership Pinnacle Wagon Mfg. Co. (c. 1920) Dr. Stone House On Right (c. 1890) Russell Berkau Family Paul, Kluck, Phil, Addie, Russell 247 Colwyn Ave (Mid 1930's) Insets: Joanna, Addie (early 1920's) . . . Map (db m190764) HM
6 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Cumberland Gap — 1D14 — Three States Cornerstone1˝ mi.
The cornerstone for Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee is on Three States Peak. The first Virginia - North Carolina (later Tennessee) boundary at this point was surveyed in 1779 by Dr. Thomas Walker and Col. Richard Henderson. The present line and . . . Map (db m200623) HM
7 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Cumblerland Gap — 1D8 — Cumberland Gap
First explored, 1750; Long Hunters used it until 1760, and Daniel Boone in 1769, cutting the Wilderness Trail through it in 1775. Hosts of pioneers followed even before the road was built in 1796. Postal service was established in 1795 and a post . . . Map (db m80232) HM
8 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Harrogate — Democrat Hollow
This very memorable area, located just under the ridge from the Sanatorium of the Four Seasons Hotel, is part of the original campus. Being a small tract of land slightly rolling in nature, the area first lent itself to outdoor activities and . . . Map (db m151541) HM
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9 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Harrogate — History of Lincoln Memorial University
During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln commented to General O. O. Howard that after the War ended, he hoped General Howard would do something for the people of this area. Years later, Howard would recall this exchange as he traveled through . . . Map (db m204563) HM
10 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Harrogate — Lincoln and Cumberland GapPassage to the West
Cumberland Gap became the principal passage between the eastern and western theaters of operation in the Upper South during the war. Whichever side held the high ground here held the Gap. In 1861, Confederate Gen. Felix K. Zollicoffer's men . . . Map (db m35761) HM
11 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Harrogate — 1D 36 — Lincoln Memorial University
"If you come through this misery alive... I want you to do something for all those mountain people who have been shut out of the world all these years." These words of President Abraham Lincoln to General O. O. Howard in 1863 proved to be the . . . Map (db m35760) HM
12 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Harrogate — The Lincoln Cairn
This stone monument was built to commemorate the Lincoln Tercentenary, a celebration held in 1937 of the Lincoln family having been in this country 300 years. The first ancestor to arrive was Samuel Lincoln, who landed in Boston on June 20, 1637. . . . Map (db m172415) HM
13 Tennessee, Claiborne County, New Tazewell — 1D 42 — Barren Creek Dam Failures
On August 3, 1916, record rainfall caused Thompson's Mill Dam to fail, sending a wall of water down the Barren Creek, that destroyed five other dams and killing 24 person, including three entire families. The Barren Creek Dam failure caused the . . . Map (db m148785) HM
14 Tennessee, Claiborne County, New Tazewell — The Johnson Mill
In operation for four generations since later 1800 Destroyed by the Barren Creek Flood in 1916 Restored and maintained by family todayMap (db m191410) HM
15 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Speedwell — 1D 45 — Davis Creek Primitive Baptist ChurchConstituted 1797
Davis Creek Primitive Baptist Church is believed to be the oldest Primitive Baptist congregation in Tennessee and has continued in the same doctrine since its 1797 constitution. Established in Speedwell to serve the settlers of Yoakum Station, a . . . Map (db m204562) HM
16 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Speedwell — The Baptist Church of Christ at Davis Creek
The Baptist Church of Christ at Davis Creek constituted the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 1797 receiving in election and predestination, carries her own key gives free liberty of conscience to think and speak in love purity and fidelity . . . Map (db m205088) HM
17 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Speedwell — 1D 19 — Yoakum Station
The 1791 Holston Treaty prohibited settlers from entering the Cherokee lands in the Powell Valley, but Tennesseans holding North Carolina land grants moved into the area. President Washington directed the pioneers to leave the valley. Captains . . . Map (db m142725) HM
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18 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Tazewell — Big Spring Church
(front) In Memoriam To keep alive the history of the builders of this, The Big Spring Church House, in the winter of 1795-96. Drew Harrell our ancestor hewed the logs. He and the Rev. Tidence Lane erected the church house. Drew Harrell . . . Map (db m151545) HM
19 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Tazewell — Confederate Memorial
"Sacred to the memory of Unknown Confederate dead who laid down their lives among strangers for the "'Lost Cause'".Map (db m151548) WM
20 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Tazewell — Graham – Kivett House
Built about 1810, Greystone was the home of William Graham, Dr. James Fulkerson, Attorney James P. Kivett and his descendants. Site of Federal occupation during the Civil War.Map (db m151544) HM
21 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Tazewell — Powell River Ferry
Built before Civil War and used as a public toll crossing until 1905 when wooden floored bridge was built. Wm. Marcum was early operator from 1895 - 1905.Map (db m171108) HM
22 Tennessee, Claiborne County, Tazewell — The Old Jail
Erected 1819 supplanting an earlier structure of c. 1804.Map (db m171106) HM
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May. 31, 2023